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American masters get new life at NYC's Met museum
NYC's Metropolitan Museum of Art opens new galleries for American paintings, sculpture
By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) ' Get ready to fall in love all over again ' with masters of American art.

A new American Wing for paintings, sculpture and decorative arts is opening Monday after a four-year renovation at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.

For the first time, the works from the 18th to the early 20th century are displayed on one floor, chronologically and thematically.



Eighteen of the 26 rooms have skylights.

The centerpiece is one of the most iconic of all American paintings: "Washington Crossing the Delaware" by Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze (LOYT-suh).

Two other monumental works hang nearby: Frederic Edwin Church's "The Heart of the Andes" and Albert Bierstadt's "The Rocky Mountains, Lander's Peak."

The three last hung together in 1864 at a charity art exhibition for Union soldiers.

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Online:

Met Museum: http://www.metmuseum.org


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